George Jones Celebrated In TV Special, How To Watch

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George Jones is a country music icon whose soulful voice and poignant songs have touched the hearts of millions. For decades, the singer was synonymous with the raw and passionate storytelling that defines country music.

He left a lasting mark on the industry and influenced countless artists. Those artists gathered to celebrate George Jones’ legacy in a tribute concert.

In this not-to-be-missed television event, fans old and new will have the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of the man affectionately known as “The Possum.” Keep reading for all the details.

11 Years Since His Passing

George Jones passed away in 2013 at 81 years old. The Texas native started his career at 16 by performing on radio stations. He released his first album in 1954 but didn’t reach the top of the country charts until 1959 with “White Lightning.”

In his nearly quarter-century career, George Jones released 80 albums and had over 140 songs on the top-4o charts, including 13 number-one hits.

In 1998, he hosted an hour-long talk show on cable television. Check out his interview with the late Toby Keith on an episode of The George Jones Show.

His personal life is almost as storied as his long career. His rollercoaster romance with Tammy Wynette was the topic of a limited TV series in 2022. George & Tammy is available to stream on Paramount+

The couple’s marriage was brief, but left a lasting impression as part of his legacy.

Some of the biggest names in country music gathered in 2023 to pay tribute to George Jones on the tenth anniversary of his passing.

The tribute concert finally makes its way to TV this month after premiering in movie theaters in October.

Who’s gonna fill his shoes?

George Jones Celebrated In TV Special

George Jones will be remembered in an upcoming PBS special called Still Playin’ Possum: Music & Memories of George Jones.

The all-star tribute features performances of his biggest hits. Country artists like Jelly Roll and Wynonna Judd share how George Jones inspired them.

Songs performed:

  • “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” – performed by Jamey Johnson
  • “The Race Is On” – performed by Travis Tritt
  • “Why Baby Why” – performed by Dierks Bentley
  • “A Picture of Me Without You” – performed by Lorrie Morgan
  • “She Still Thinks I Care” – performed by Sara Evans
  • “Golden Ring” – performed by Wynonna and Jamey Johnson
  • “I Always Get Lucky With You” – performed by Gretchen Wilson
  • “Same Ole Me” – performed by Trace Adkins and The Isaacs
  • “One Woman Man” – performed by Tim Watson
  • “The One I Loved Back Then” – performed by Tracy Lawrence and Tim Watson
  • “The Blues Man” – performed by Sam Moore
  • “Choices” – performed by Aaron Lewis
  • “White Lightning” – performed by Justin Moore
  • “The Grand Tour” – performed by Tanya Tucker
  • “Window Up Above” – performed by Uncle Kracker
  • “The Door” – performed by Travis Tritt
  • “A Few Ole Country Boys” – performed by Joe Nichols with Justin Moore and Randy Travis
  • “Yesterday’s Wine” – performed by Charlie Starr and Jamey Johnson
  • “If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me” – performed by Joe Nichols
  • “Bartender’s Blues” – performed by Jelly Roll
  • “He Stopped Loving Her Today” – performed by Brad Paisley
  • “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” – performed by Michael Ray, Tracy Byrd, Janie Fricke and Dillon Carmichael

The George Jones tribute special airs on PBS on Friday, February 23, at 9 PM Eastern. It will also be available on the PBS app and website.

Which performance are you looking forward to the most? Sound off in the comments.

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